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Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations

Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 7, 2012
Thursday’s report that the Chargers will fire head coach Norv Turner at the end of the season hasn’t affected his team’s preparation for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Turner says. Turner said that he was back at the office early this morning
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  • Report:  Suggs surrendered nine guns to authorities in November

    Report: Suggs surrendered nine guns to authorities in November

    More details have emerged in connection with last month’s decision by law-enforcement to collect multiple firearms from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. According to WBAL-TV, Suggs surrendered a .45-caliber pistol, a 9 mm pistol, a .454 Casull revolver,
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  • Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the Ravens

    Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the Ravens

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    As the Ravens prepare for their first dose of RG3, they benefit from several years of chasing around a mobile quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger.  They’ve now turned to a former Steelers quarterback to get ready for the specific offense that the Redsk
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  • Chargers’ Michael Harris says he’s “definitely” playing

    Chargers’ Michael Harris says he’s “definitely” playing

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    It looks like the Chargers might have some degree of offensive line left Sunday. Left tackle Michael Harris was listed as questionable for their game at the Steelers with an ankle injury, but told Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego he “definitely” expects
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  • Bettis Is Ready for Notre Dame-Alabama, and Maybe the Hall of F…

    Bettis Is Ready for Notre Dame-Alabama, and Maybe the Hall of Fame

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    Jerome Bettis, who played for Notre Dame and was a star for the Steelers, will be rooting for the Irish when they play Alabama in the B.C.S. championship game. He was recently named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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  • Ray Lewis Has A Terrifying New Facemask

    Ray Lewis Has A Terrifying New Facemask

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    Ray Lewis returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing his tricep in Week 7. He's not eligible to play this Sunday, but the Ravens posted a photo of the new facemask Lewis will be wearing. More »
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  • Steelers' Colon probable to return vs. Chargers

    Steelers' Colon probable to return vs. Chargers

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Steelers left guard Willie Colon practiced for the second consecutive day Friday and is listed as probable, as Pittsburgh prepares to play San Diego on Sunday.
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  • Eliminating kickoffs would hurt AFC North

    Eliminating kickoffs would hurt AFC North

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Browns returner Josh Cribbs doesn't like the possibility that the NFL will eliminate kickoffs, saying the game would be "just like intramurals." Cribbs can speak for the entire AFC North about that potential change. Taking away kickoffs would …
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  • Cowboys' Ratliff (groin) out against Bengals

    Cowboys' Ratliff (groin) out against Bengals

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff will not play Sunday at Cincinnati, missing his third straight game because of a groin injury.
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  • Cribbs likens no-kickoff scenario to intramurals

    Cribbs likens no-kickoff scenario to intramurals

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Kickoffs have defined Josh Cribbs' career in the NFL, and made him an invaluable weapon for the Cleveland Browns.
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  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggr…

    Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defense

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Redskins' option offense is giving opponents fits behind the play-action scheme of RGIII. Now the Ravens will be tasked with stifling Washington's well-oiled attack, says Peter King.
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  • Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questio…

    Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questions

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • Final Word: AFC North

    Final Word: AFC North

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 14: Return of Roethlisberger: The Steelers should get a boost with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger starting Sunday after missing three games with rib and shoulder injuries. In nine games with Roethlisberger this seaso…
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  • Friday Forecast: Week 14 predictions

    Friday Forecast: Week 14 predictions

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Three AFC North teams are at home this week, and the Ravens only have to take a short bus ride down the interstate to play at the Redskins. While this may be the division homer in me, I feel a perfect Sunday for the AFC North. Let's see if the division …
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  • Bengals' banged-up line makes no excuses

    Bengals' banged-up line makes no excuses

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Kyle Cook, the Bengals' starting center, suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason and has yet to play one snap in the regular season. Left guard Travelle Wharton, the team's first free-agent signing, went down with a season-ending knee injury on th…
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  • Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low production

    Mike Wallace blames losing focus for low production

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace’s production has dropped off sharply this season, something that has only gotten worse with Ben Roethlisberger on the shelf for the last four games. Wallace has 10 catches for 77 yards in those games and drops have be
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  • Polamalu says he could have handled calf injury better

    Polamalu says he could have handled calf injury better

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Troy Polamalu sounds contemplative about his future, but he sounds certain he could have missed less time if he and the Steelers had handled his calf injury differently. After injuring his calf in the opener, he came back prior to the Oct. 7 game agains…
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  • Ravens know how to rebound

    Ravens know how to rebound

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Ravens can clinch the AFC North on Sunday if they win at the Redskins in addition to the Steelers and Bengals both losing at home. Baltimore missed its chance of earning a playoff berth last week when it lost to a third-string quarterback at home. B…
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  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Week 14 Predictions 06:32

    NFL Kickoff OT: Week 14 Predictions

    Dec 7
    NFL Live makes their predictions for Week 14's key matchups.
  • Video - NFL32OT: Wilson Makes His Case For Rookie Of The Year 02:47

    NFL32OT: Wilson Makes His Case For Rookie Of The Year

    Dec 7
    Episode 233: Suzy Kolber and Damien Woody discuss Russell Wilson's impressive season. Steve Young breaks down the matchup between RGIII and Ed Reed. The NFL32 crew discuss the quarterback matchup between the Saints and the Giants.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals 04:31

    'Playbook': Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Dec 7
    Can the Dallas Cowboys get a solid pass rush against the Cincinnati Bengals? The "Playbook" group talks about how the Cowboys' defense can stop Jermaine Gresham and the Bengals' offense.
  • Video - Tools for Victory: Sack lunch for Bengals' D 01:56

    Tools for Victory: Sack lunch for Bengals' D

    Dec 7
    Why has the Cincinnati Bengals' defense been able to generate the most sacks in the NFL? Matt Millen explains the key to the front seven's success.

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    Dec 7
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